On Saturday June 28, in a Canberra-first ‘live petition’ citizens’ initiative, a mass gathering of Canberra groups and individuals will vote on a motion to be presented to Parliament, demanding humane treatment for refugees.
The event will take place at ANU’s Llewellyn Hall at 6pm and is hosted by Canberra’s Refugee Action Committee. Addressing the group will be 2014 Sydney Peace Prize recipient and human rights lawyer Julian Burnside AO, QC, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young (The Greens) and Professor William Maley AM, a barrister of the High Court of Australia, Vice-President of the Refugee Council of Australia, and Foundation Director of the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy.
Those present will vote on a motion calling for an end to the mandatory and indefinite detention of asylum seekers and for the closing down of detention centres at Manus Island and Nauru, arguing for a just alternative which treats asylum seekers humanely, honouring Australia’s international obligations.
The motion will then be presented to Members of Parliament when it resumes.